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25 February - Herb Elliott, unbeaten in any mile race.

Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:51 pm
by Max ADU
Australian Birthday Today - Herbert James "Herb" Elliott AC MBE ,born 25 February 1938, Subiaco, Western Australia,is a former Australian athlete.


One of the world's greatest middle distance runners. In August 1958 he set the world record in the mile, clocking 3:54.5, 2.7 seconds under the record held by Derek Ibbotson; later in the month he set the 1500 metres world record, running 3.36.0, 2.1 seconds under the record held by Stanislav Jungwirth.

In the 1500 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics, he won the gold medal and bettered his own world record with a time of 3:35.6.
During that span he never lost a 1500 metres or 1-mile race. During his career, he broke four minutes for the mile on 17 occasions. A feat unequalled amongst international athletes past or present.

Few people have ever exercised such absolute authority in any branch of sport as Elliott did in middle distance running from 1957 to 1961

In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 1964, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

He was one of the bearers of the Olympic Torch at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and entered the stadium for the final segment before the lighting of the Olympic Flame.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2002, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia

Herb Elliott has been ranked in Western Australia's 100 most influential people and he is an Australian Living Treasure.

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